Assault refers to a person deliberately causing another person to feel or expect that unlawful force is about to be used against them.
You may be charged with common assault even if you didn’t touch the other person, as it all depends on the expectation of you assaulting another person and causing fear.
On the other hand the term battery is used if a person deliberately applies unlawful force to another person. Examples can include hitting, spitting at someone, or causing more serious injuries.
GBH or grievous bodily harm refers to section 18 and section 20 of the “Offences against the Person Act”. In grievous bodily harm, the seriousness of the injury is not as important as to whether the person intended to cause harm to the other person. In order to ascertain the facts we look at two key pieces of evidence – the actions taken and what was said at the time.
If you have been charged with assault or battery this may be punished with a sentence of up to 6 months in jail, and/or a fine of up to £5000. However this entirely depends on the circumstances that ensued during the incident.